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Sharing IT services saves millions for Oklahoma universities

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“It’s encouraging to see what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Darlene Hightower, OSU-Stillwater’s chief information officer.

Although the legendary OU-OSU football rivalry often makes for a spectacular clash, a collaboration between the two universities is resulting in spectacular savings for both institutions’ students.

Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma have collaborated to generate $3.7 million in cost efficiencies as a result of a commitment by OSU President Burns Hargis and OU President David Boren to share campus technology services, according to a news release from Brittney Rochell of the OSU communications office.

The largest portion of the figure came from jointly renegotiating a five-year key contract with Microsoft to provide licensed Microsoft Windows and Office software for students, according to the release.

“Through the leadership of presidents Boren and Hargis, we have saved students across both institutions on the purchase of essential productivity software,” Loretta Early, OU’s vice president for information technology, said in the release. “Each download of this software reduces student education costs by more than $100.”

The two universities also negotiated a contract with Tegrity to share lecture capture services, and they consolidated network equipment by co-locating devices at OSU-Tulsa.

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